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Thiolate-Bridged Nickel–Iron and Nickel–Ruthenium Complexes Relevant to the CO-Inhibited State of [NiFe]-Hydrogenase

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posted on 22.02.2016, 00:00 by Puhua Sun, Dawei Yang, Ying Li, Yahui Zhang, Linan Su, Baomin Wang, Jingping Qu
By employing S­(CH2CH2S)2 (tpdt) and O­(CH2CH2S)2 (opdt) as bridging ligands, two nickel–iron and two nickel–ruthenium heterodimetallic complexes, [Cp*M­(μ-1κ3SSS′:2κ2SS-tpdt)­Ni­(dppe)]­[PF6] (1, M = Fe; 3, M = Ru) and [Cp*M­(μ-1κ3SSO:2κ2SS-opdt)­Ni­(dppe)]­[PF6] (2, M = Fe; 4, M = Ru) (Cp* = η5-C5Me5; dppe = Ph2P­(CH2)2PPh2), were obtained by a one-pot synthetic method and were identified by spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. At 1 atm of CO, the pendant oxygen atom dissociated from the iron or ruthenium center and rapidly transferred to the nickel center when a CO molecule attacked the iron or ruthenium center in 2 and 4. However, there was no similar reaction occurring in 1 and 3 with the pendant sulfur atom. We confirmed the solid-state structure of the CO complex [Cp*Fe­(t-CO)­(μ-1κ2SS:2κ3SSO-opdt)­Ni­(dppe)]­[PF6] (5), which represents a possible configuration in the CO-inhibited state of [NiFe]-hydrogenase and exhibits no catalytic activity in electrochemical proton reduction.

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